A FORMER teacher and long-standing volunteer has made this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her community work.
Elizabeth Mary Gammon, 74, is receiving the British Empire Medal for services to the community in Hanwell.
She said: "I was surprised and delighted when I found out, but this is an honour which I share with the people that I work with."
Mrs Gammon has been a cornerstone of the community, having spent more than 40 years as teacher and school governor. Since 1970 she has been a governor at Dormers Wells Infant School and has also volunteered for appointment and selection panels.
Mrs Gammon has also been involved with Age Concern since 1983 and helped to set up an organisation that is now Dementia Concern in Ealing.
And she has also been instrumental in shaping Hanwell Neighbourly Care Scheme, which helps isolated, lonely people in the area and was chair of the HNCS from 1990 to 2010.
She also helped set up links with local schools, enabling young people and the elderly to forge better links through schemes like tuition, concerts and tea dances.
She said: “I think communities are hugely important, and it’s been great seeing things like the care scheme make a difference in people’s lives.
“The aim is to support people and encourage everyone to help each other.”
Mrs Gammon, who has a daughter and three grandchildren, added she would like to thank her husband of 45 years, John, for all his support.
n Also on the Honours list was John Edward Taylor of West Ealing, who was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to employment relations; and Nicholas Vincent Kendall, of Ealing, received the British Empire Medal for his services to collections at the British Museum.